Conclusion: ToCA Race Driver 3 builds upon the success of the previous games of the franchise, which makes it a must have for the fans of this pretty unique series. Those that don’t consider themselves hardcore about motorsports probably won’t get the point of ToCA Race Driver 3 , and will more than likely be paying money for additional frustration in their lives.
Summary: If you haven’t bought a Madden game for a year or two, maybe you should check this one out if you don’t plan on buying the Xbox 360, and the 360 version of the game. The visuals have a definite better quality to them; the sound, and the options are all there to entice you. The best addition, the QB Vision cones will is also a definite change that will at least warrant NFL fans this game a rent.
Pros: The new QB Vision Cone
Cons: The new game mechanics may take some getting used to.
Conclusion: Most of the features of the PS2, Xbox and GC versions of Madden NFL 06 that made that iteration so successful (notwithstanding the fact it was the only NFL licensed game in town) have been carved out. Where did Practice Mode go? What about the mini-camp mode? Create-a-player? I would love the ability to make my own gang-bangin' receiver in hi-def but I can't. Although I have only wild speculative guesses, my money would be on the idea that EA needed to get Madden...
Excerpt: Just like other titles in the 16-year history of the Madden Franchise go, Madden 06 has received a new focus on some aspect of the gameplay to make the title seem just as realistic as it possibly can be. While last year’s focus was upon the defense, this year centers around the offense, primarily controls around your field general, the quarterback. It’s been quite a while since there’s been a significant adjustment to the passing game – at least four to five years.
Excerpt: When the announcement of EA’s exclusive licensing agreement was made last year, a furious debate erupted as to whether or not the deal would disrupt or strengthen the quality of the franchise. Some critics argued that the lack of competition would weaken the game itself, considering that it would be the only NFL title on the market. Others stated that the game would become much better, having the sole access to the resources of the league itself.
Excerpt: Codemasters certainly isn't afraid to go head-to-head with the big boys. The ToCA Race Driver series is now onto its third iteration and while the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport have been making all the headlines, ToCA has been gathering quite a fan base. Not content with the huge selection of vehicles and race types from Race Driver 2, The Race Driver team have gone to town with their latest game, creating one of the most complete racing packages ever to...
Excerpt: Every year Madden comes back with a fresh new take on the sport and every year we're treated with an innovation of some sort that enhances the football experience. For the most part, this trend has continued throughout the years, hence why Madden is a million seller despite stiff competition from the NFL 2K series and its bargain price (which ceases to exist now thanks to EA's acquisition of the NFL license).
Excerpt: This season, EA's popular "Madden" franchise is the only game in town, as title got an exclusive license from the NFL, meaning than only "Madden" could use current footballers in its game. While that's unfortunate, as it's always nice to have options, "Madden '06" is largely a successful endeavor for EA in its first season without anyone else on the playing field.